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Step towards a PhD

The September semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

Academia requires graduates to enhance their research capabilities and skills. The Master of Arts (by Research) allows students to research within an area of interest and develop their communication, qualitative and quantitative research skills.

Become a recognised specialist within academia

Students in the Master of Arts (by Research) can research in an area of interest within the Faculty of Society & Design. Students are supervised by Academics with specialist knowledge in an array of areas. Graduates can use this program as a stepping stone to a PhD program.

Key features

  • Specialise in a specific area of interest
  • Supervision by Academics with an array of specialist knowledge
  • Stepping stone towards a PhD

About the program

The Master of Arts program, by research only, is offered in most areas of study in the Faculty of Society & Design. Prior to formal application, intending applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. This should be determined in consultation with a member of the academic staff of the Faculty to see whether the Faculty can provide the appropriate supervision. Show more

The Master of Arts program, by research only, is offered in most areas of study in the Faculty of Society & Design. Prior to formal application, intending applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. This should be determined in consultation with a member of the academic staff of the Faculty to see whether the Faculty can provide the appropriate supervision. The candidate must be familiar enough with the relevant research area to be able to undertake specialised study in that field. Show less

ModeOn Campus  and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMaster Research
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-23072
CRICOS code063454D
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Master of Arts (by research) project submitted for examination must be between 40,000 - 50,000 words in length, and written in English.

Continued enrolment in the program is conditional on the submission of satisfactory six-monthly progress reports.

Outstanding candidates who make significant progress in their research during the first nine months (or part-time equivalent) of their research may be considered for PhD candidature. In successful cases, the PhD candidature will be considered to have begun at the time of commencement of the Master's degree.

The below fees are based on an annual fee over a three-semester academic calendar.

Annual program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2020: $38,410* annually
  • Students commencing study in 2021: $39,760* annually

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to the Masters of Arts (by Research) program is a four-year (i.e. eight semester) Honours degree (First Class, 2A, 2B) or a qualification or combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to the above by the HDR Committee.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide documented evidence that you have achieved an IELTS score = 7.0 (no subscore less than 6.5. Test results should be less than two years old.

Scholarships

Bond University offers limited numbers of Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarships for domestic and international students.

Credit for prior study

Transfer credit is not available in this program.

Key dates

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How to apply

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest as to why they wish to undertake a research degree and the area of research.  

Future outcomes

The Master of Arts program provides students with the necessary research skills for academic careers in the university or research sector, or professional employment.

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